Monday, 15 September 2014

Duxford Airshow 2014

I took hubs away for his birthday to see both days of the Duxford Air show and it was without a doubt the best weekend I have had for a while.

My husband is a big aircraft fan and so am I, I grew up watching air shows and loving all things that flew through the air. We managed to see concord's final flight and this is the first air show we have been able to watch as a couple.

We were lucky enough to see the Vulcan, the two Lancaster bombers, the Red Arrows, a spectacular re-enactment of a World War one dog fight with 8 different planes in the air at once, we saw Spitfires, bi-planes, tri-planes, jets, some amazing American war birds (or flying legends) and so many more breath taking aircraft that made the sky buzz with matching excitement from the crowds.

I was fan girling beyond belief and hearing that Vulcan howl was just breath taking!!! I'm already planning for our trip to the show next year!

I took so many pictures so here a few of my favourites and there will be more to follow!!

There pictures are taken by myself and are only to be used/shared with my permission - Thanks!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Miles of time

All the children have gone back to school this week, even my youngest has started full time school, so for the first time in around nine years I have the school hours of the day to myself.

But what will you do with yourself you might be asking?

Well for starters my second year of my Journalism Degree at university begins in a couple of weeks so I will be throwing myself back into learning, I can't wait to get back and get stuck into everything journo and media related. I have three lessons a week at the Media City campus at Salford University.

On top of that hubs and I are addressing our fitness levels and are going to be actively walking 5 to 8 miles a day whilst the children are at school. Hubs still has his knee problem so combined with his physiotherapy, lots of walking should aid his rehabilitation and hopefully get him a step closer to a pain free life.

I've been enjoying taking my camera out on our walks to try and capture some great images of the wonderful wildlife and countryside we have on our doorstep.

You can have a look at some of the images I've already taken of our walks on these posts here and here 

Walking has certainly become a great escape mechanism, especially when I have a bad day with my illness, sometimes it's hard just to get out of bed, but knowing after a few miles I will have my breath taken away by magnificent views is enough motivation to give my illness two fingers as I walk.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Disposable knickers and more bad luck

So my illness saga is still rambling on, I went into hospital on Thursday for an X-ray guided lumbar puncture which I had been dreading as the first three attempts were terribly painful. The whole procedure went surprisingly well, I had to be there for 8am and I was first in. 

I got gowned up and slipped on the very attractive disposable pants which were very much like a shower cap with leg holes, I couldn't figure out which way they were meant to go but on they went and I hoisted them up with all their glory.

I only panicked once and then I did the shuffle to the theatre hoping a large gust of wind didn't bare my disposable knicker adorned arse to the rest of the ward.

 #gownie - selfie but with disposable underwear

The operating table was very narrow and very hard so I was on my side, my gown undone and my arse was once again on show to the theatre staff, I obviously had hoiked up the perilous pants too far as the doctor asked the nurse to pull them down quite a few times. Also it was blooming freezing in there and all the male nurses were called James, it was quite confusing, every second or so someone leaned over my arse, smiled, introduced themselves as James and asked if I was ok.

Anyway the needle went in, I leaked the csf fluid, they got the pressure and told me it was very high, I was patched up and James number 3 told me to "do a roll of faith" onto the trolley, I liked James number 3, James number 2 seemed like he needed more coffee and James number 1 had been too close to my arse watching the doctor do his thing.

I went into recovery for 20 minutes as my blood pressure dropped and then was wheeled back to my cubical, I felt fine off I went home all sorted.


Someone has removed my brain and replaced it with bricks and someone is bashing the bricks everytime I move, what is this fresh hell?

Seriously why can I not sit or stand up without pain..........

*reads discharge notes* 

"side effect of headache quite common, drink plenty, drink caffeine, take pain killers

I do all these things, in agony, go to bed early hoping it goes away.


Nope head is still made of bricks and more people are smashing them, oh and nausea now and vomiting how lovely.

I tolerated the pain all day but I look and feel terrible so I phone up my ward I was on for a bit of advice and they aren't happy with the way I'm feeling, so I have to go back in to hospital. Not as easy as it sounds as my mum was working, my dad was playing in his brass band and hubs has to watch the children, so I travelled to A&E in a rapid response ambulance, that was fun apart from trying not to throw up, was admitted to hospital and shoved in a cupboard with a drip as there are no beds.


Finally after seeing a consultant comfy bed and oramorph, lovely anaesthetist comes to see me and explains that the place where the needle punctured during my lumbar puncture to get my csf fluid, is leaking and that is causing the immense headaches and why I only get relief when lying down. It should heal but I've just been unlucky but it's not uncommon for some people to experience this, hopefully in a few days I'll feel better.

The light is hurting my head so I decide to wear my sunglasses in my hospital bed, it was a good idea as I eventually fell asleep and they kept the lights on until 1am!!!!! I looked like a diva but I wasn't in pain which was a winner.

 Not a diva, medicinal photophobia reasons 


Feeling a bit better and allowed to go home with oramorph.



Boredom has took over but I'm still in pain, I'm hoping that I'll feel better enough tomorrow to be able to sit up and not have to lie down all the time. 

 Flowers from very lovely hubs who has been so fantastic.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hike to the Pike

I've had a terrible couple of days with my illness, it really knocks me off my feet when it flares up so when I woke up again with my head pounding and my vision was terrible I decided that I just had to push through it hoping that some lovely clean air might brighten me up a bit.

On our travels around Park Bridge we came across a walking route to Hartshead Pike, a tower that stands at 940 feet above sea level. it has always fascinated me so off I went to go see it up close and personal.

The weather was not in my favour as it blasted me shower after shower but I carried on, half of the route was on paths and bridleways but it soon turned to field and mud.

This field in particular, where the directions said 

"At the top of the hill, cross the stile and bear right along the side of the ditch. On reaching the pond go left over a small bridge"

After a week of rain the pond was a river and the bridge was submerged, I nearly lost my shoe in some particularly deep, cold mud which was mixed with cow pats....yum. But the target was in sight and I wasn't about to give up!

After the field it wanted me to go through more mud soaked grass, I folded the map up put it into my backpack and got out the gps on my phone and followed the driving instructions which took me down some amazing quiet lanes with beautiful houses, the wind was whistling but the rain had stopped, after a swig of water I continued the steady climb which gradually got steeper and steeper.

Finally I got there and oh was it worth it, the sun came out and it was gorgeous.

It was a long walk, 10.69 Miles in total but I felt great afterwards and I absolutely love having this beautiful scenery near my home.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Summer holiday walks

This week has been a week of exploring and walking. We love a good adventure in our family so we decided to do a local trail walk to an old ruin of an iron works. It was a longish walk for the children, a 5 mile circular trek but we enjoyed it and took in the sights and sounds of the local countryside.

We did a bit of wild blackberry picking which I've not done before but we got a great haul of beautiful richly coloured berries.

The scenery is gorgeous and the children loved wandering around looking at the brightly coloured plants, spotting wildlife and dodging plenty of horse manure on the bridleways.

We walked past this purple paradise which was wonderful.

We arrived at our destination, it is called Park Bridge and is a great space for the children to explore and to have a well deserved picnic.

 We successfully walked over 10 miles as a family this week and hopefully will do the same next week, hubs and I are tackling a longer walk on Sunday as the children are off to their grandparents to be spoilt so I will as some more photos of that walk soon.

Hope you all are surviving the summer holidays, have a look at my other post for some more cheap family days out ideas if you need some inspiration. Oh and the wild blackberries turned into a fantastic jam which i will share the recipe for soon.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Vlogchallenge - what's in my bag?

I'm rooting through my bag for this week's Vlogchallenge, there's a mixture of lubrication and wax crayons.........

Monday, 4 August 2014

Cheap summer school holiday ideas

We've survived the first week of the summer holidays, we aren't going away anywhere this summer as we had a couple of breaks earlier on in the year so days out and activities at home that are fun and also budget friendly is what we are aiming for.

I'd thought I'd share a few of the activities that we have done over the past week that are purse friendly and most of all fun! - this is NOT a sponsored post, this is just places we've been and would recommend -

Our favourite place at the moment is a little slice of paradise called Hollingworth Lake. It is so lovely, a beautiful place to watch the boating on the lake, or to bring a selection of loaves and feed the ducks, geese, swans like we love to do. After we've fed the wildlife we have an ice-cream from the food kiosks right next to the lake that aren't expensive and it is delicious ice cream! Parking is cheap also with 90p for 2 hours of parking, we spend lots of time here and on a hot sunny day it is like a beach resort.

My husband and I are originally from Cheshire so we grew up listening to the sounds of the aircraft from Manchester airport, we like to go to the Runway Visitor park for a picnic and watch the planes land and take off just a stones throw away from where we are sitting. This is also a cheap day out as you only pay for the length of time you are there and it is £3 an hour which you pay as you exit. There is outdoor play equipment to entertain the little ones, also large old aircraft you can look at, there is a shop and other food kiosks and toilets - which is a necessity with little ones. We had a great time and will be going again this week.

The next activities that we have loved are crafting, I subscribe to a scheme called Toucan Boxes that deliver arts and craft supplies to your house, they are different every time and are well worth their money. I save them up through term time so when we get to the school holidays we have plenty to do. So far we have made, wind socks, dream catchers, pirate maps, parrots, butterflies and have more things to do this week! Drop me an email if you want to give it a go I have a friend referral and you will get a free box to try!

Last on this list is our local park, Stamford Park, it is a good walk from our house so it's a nice stroll, with plenty of play equipment and our favourite things, the water fountains, we love especially on a hot day.

I hope these ideas give you a bit of inspiration and please feel free to share any ideas or places to visit that are purse friendly.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Extra large extra happy

I've read far too many articles recently about how being overweight is such a sin, we are a drain on the country, drain on society you name it, proberly the next hit of bad weather will be blamed on us.

Weight is my least favourite topic of all, I was bullied as a child and teen, I shrank down to a size 10 at 17 and I was no happier for it. 

11 years on and a few dress sizes up I've grown 5 amazing children, I've gone through some serious stress and I'm still here, just cuddlier.

Would have being thinner made any of my stresses

Would being a size 10 stopped my husband becoming

Would being able to wear bum skimming dresses helped my deaf daughter to

You see happiness is much more than skin deep, strength comes in many forms, weight does not effect this, thin, fat, cuddly, it does not matter, I used to think that being thin would solve all my problems but it didn't and it cannot.

What I'm trying to say is that I'm tired of people thinking that they are worth less because of their size, I read a quote somewhere that said: 

"You have fingernails, you are not fingernails, 

you have fat, you are not fat"

I couldn't care less if someone had a problem with my size, I'm fit, I run around after 5 kids everyday, I'm studying for a degree and I have the love of my family.

Kindness and love is what should matter. Not dress sizes or what is on the scales. And I for one will not feel ashamed for being larger than the average bear.